In 2001 US ambassador wrote in his Wikileaks cables that Emmerson Mnangagwa was Zimbabwe’s richest man although he did not divulge the wealth in figures. While Mnangagwa family and his wealth is a taboo topic inside Zimbabwe there are sources that comprise of the international community, military and business associates who are suggesting that he is worth almost US$10.3 Billion. He has held ministerial positions including Security and Defence under Robert Mugabe administration since 1980 and currently earns a basic monthly salary of US$18 666 excluding personal and family allowances. Although only six children are officially known, Mnangagwa 75, is believed to have six wives he officially married and over 42 children. Kleptocracy Zimbabwe Zimbabwe is very rich in minerals, mainly gold, platinum and chrome. Those connected to the ruling party Zanu PF and its military elite are known to be the richest individuals, mostly millionaires. However, Mnangagwa 75, is at the head of this pyramid because of his links and influence in and outside of Zimbabwe. The general mood amongst friends and those in the know is that formally nothing belongs to him and everything is held by proxies. Mnangagwa is also believed to have made much of his money while he was secretary for finance in Zanu-PF. “Regarded as the wealthiest individual in Zimbabwe, Mnangagwa has close business links with Colonel Lionel Dyck, a white officer from the old Rhodesian army who founded Mine Tech, a landmine clearance company that secured lucrative contracts from the Zimbabwean government to clear landmines in Zimbabwe border areas after the war,” Wikipedia said in a post updated after Mnangagwa was appointed vice-president in December 2014. This, according to the the United Nations Security Council reports in 2002 and 2003, was supplemented by his involvement as one of the illegal mineral exploiters in the Congo. The report named Mnangagwa in a long-standing United Nations investigation into the looting of the Congo’s mineral wealth. The Wikileaks exposed lend credence to claims that as finance secretary, Mnangagwa controlled Zanu-PF’s octopus-like business empire spanning motor vehicles, duty-free shops, banking, airline catering, mining, retail, food processing, agriculture and manufacturing. In the past, it was also reported Zanu-PF owned companies such as M&S Syndicate, Zidco Holdings and Zidlee Enterprises. In turn, the two companies reportedly owned stakes in FBC Bank, Lobels Bread, SMM Holdings, Catercraft and Tregers, among others. Like most of Mugabe’s trusted lieutenants, he also allegedly seized a farm from a white owner called Koos Burger. Burger was forced to claim political asylum in the US due to death threats when he contested the seizure, the New Statesman reported at the time. Zimbabwe media also previously reported that Mnangagwa previously seized the 1 600-hectare Sherwood farm in Kwe Kwe without compensating its white owner. Mnangagwa’s private interests include retailers Jaggers and Metropeech, farms and mines. It was also alleged a lot of his businesses are run in partnership with white, ex-Rhodesian businessmen. General Mujuru Assassination In 2004, the Zanu-PF politburo launched an investigation into reported massive theft of party funds. Former army commander General Solomon Mujuru was appointed to lead the investigations. Before he could present his final report to the politburo, Mujuru died in a mysterious inferno that has been blamed on Mnangagwa. Jonathan Moyo also revealed that Mnangagwa owns over 700 gold claims in Zimbabwe. According to another WikiLeaks cable Mnangagwa, John Bredenkamp, Billy Rautenbauch, Constantino Chiwenga, Sibusiso Moyo are known to be major beneficiaries of Zimbabwe’s military contracts and mining concessions in the DRC . Mnangagwa, who as the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front secretary for administration was in charge of the party’s businesses, was to chair the First National Bank of Congo which had given the ZANU-PF owned First Banking Corporation of Zimbabwe a five-year management contract. John Mushawara was to manage the bank. Mnangagwa was the government’s point man in the Democratic Republic of Congo but he told United States embassy officials that he was no longer involved. The embassy, however, doubted this prompting ambassador Tom McDonald to comment: “The tight-lipped Mnangagwa is clearly trying to give us the impression he is no longer deeply involved in the DROC, but his ongoing and ever-growing financial interests there belie that claim. “Although he may not participate in all the high-level DROC meetings he used to, he still has a paramount interest in maintaining his old contacts.” Zunaid Moti The Notorius Businessman behind Mnangagwa Fanshawe Mining Holdings Director is Zunaid Moti a Moslem businessman from South Africa whose name has been linked with a number of shady and criminal deals. Moti, a flashy car-loving tycoon was arrested in 2012 over an armed robbery and attempted murder allegations. Zunaid Moti posing next to one of his high-end cars Moti’s private security force shut down Silverstar Casino in November 2011, in the alleged attempted murder of Naemm Cassim. It is alleged that Moti’s business partner Rafik Mohamed owed Cassim money and there had been death threats before. On the night of the siege, both Rafik and Moti were present at the casino where three attempts were made on Cassim’s life. Moti‚ along with his father‚ Abbas Aboo Baker Moti‚ and their business associates‚ Ashruf Kaka and Salim Bobat were placed on Interpol’s wanted list. They are accused of defrauding a Russian citizen Alibek Issaev – out of $500 000 in an apparent bogus mining deal. The fraud allegedly took place in Lebanon in 2013. ACF And Special Treatment According to ACF’s 2013 Investor Handbook, Zimbabwe Investment Authority issued ACF a licence to own a 70% equity interest in African Chrome Fields on condition that Farvic Consolidated Mines (Pvt) Ltd has the right to claw back a 21% equity interest in African Chrome Fields. These were stock options. Farvic Consolidated Mines (Pvt) Ltd is owned by Duncan (Harry) Greaves a Zimbabwean who also had shareholding interests in Prince Olaf, Farvic and Nicholson gold mines in southern Zimbabwe. Mr Greaves was connected to deposed Former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko. Under the laws of Zimbabwe, all operating companies must be either 51% owned by indigenous parties however ACF was given a pass due to its connections. In 2014 ACF was granted a duty-free fuel importation certificate by the Ministry of Transport. The duty-free certificate was issued through the Central Mechanical Equipment Department (CMED). Under Statutory Instrument (SI) 184 of 2014, equipment for national projects can be imported duty-free. The company was allowed to import more than 12 million litres of diesel without paying duty. The old equipment at Chinyika Chrome mine which Mugabe was duped to believe was high-tech.
Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe visited a hospital in Singapore this week apparently for medical checks, his first trip outside his country since he was ousted from office last month, sources in Singapore said on Thursday. The 93-year-old former leader who ruled the southern African nation for 37 years, resigned after the army and his ruling ZANU-PF party turned against him when it became clear that his 52-year-old wife, Grace, was being groomed as his successor. Mugabe left Harare with his wife and aides on Monday evening, a Zimbabwe state security official said this week. He was expected to also visit Malaysia where his daughter is expecting a child. An Air Zimbabwe flight arrived in Singapore on Tuesday. Mugabe visited a private hospital in central Singapore on Wednesday with an entourage that included his security guards, the sources who were familiar with the visit told Reuters. They spoke on the condition they were not identified as they are not authorized to speak to the media. A spokesman at the hospital said he would not be able to confirm whether Mugabe had visited its clinics. Mugabe has a reputation for extensive international travel, including regular medical trips to Singapore – a source of public anger among his impoverished citizens.-Reuters
OPPOSITION Zapu leader, Dumiso Dabengwa has dismissed speculative reports that he was on the verge of rejoining the ruling Zanu PF party to deputise President Emmerson Mnangagwa. BY SILAS NKALAZapu deputy spokesperson, Iphithule Maphosa yesterday told Southern Eye that contrary to the reports, Dabengwa had not been approached and did not intend to rejoin Zanu PF, which he dumped in 2008 to resuscitate Zapu after being frustrated by then President Robert Mugabe’s unfulfilled promises. “How can he be considering or considered being VP in a party he is not a member? He is a member of Zapu, he belongs to Zapu structures, where he is president already. According to internal processes of the party, he has no intentions of leaving Zapu for anything except retirement,” Maphosa said. “Probably the rumour mill is basing their story out of this world imagination on the Unity Accord of 1987-2008. We need to remember that no champagne was popped when the 1987 Unity Accord was signed. Let us all remember that the post-1987 Zanu PF was a result of a genocide on Zapu members and supporters as Mugabe’s unbridled hunger for unopposed power drove him into killing over 20 000 defenceless civilians in Matabeleland and Midlands provinces during ‘a moment of madness’ in his push for a one-party State.” Maphosa said Mugabe sought to decimate and annihilate the opposition and he succeeded on December 22, 1987 when then Zapu president Joshua Nkomo signed the Unity Accord, not by ink, but with the blood of Zapu supporters and members, who today lie in unmarked shallow graves around the country. “Zapu was arm-twisted into unity with Zanu PF. So, for anybody to imagine that Dabengwa could be contemplating joining Zanu PF on account of the Unity Accord, is not only wrong, but is deliberately blinding themselves to the fact that we pulled out of it in 2008/9 and we assured ourselves that never again shall we be victims of forced unity, whose burden lies only with us,” he said. “What informed the pull-out from the Unity Accord still stands unresolved and, as such, we do not see any reason of going back on the decision to pull out . . . Dabengwa has never been approached to join Zanu PF. He has never been approached to be a VP in Zanu PF.” Maphosa said opposition parties were preparing to take over the reins of power after winning next year’s elections. “We have in place a new government that is expected to lead a new dispensation, imagined or real. The opposition and civil society organisations (CSOs) are slowly becoming sober and taking up roles to contribute to the way forward,” he said. “Constitutional reforms are high on the agenda, as the country snails towards elections by July next year. A concerted effort to lobby for comprehensive electoral reforms now seizes the opposition players just as the new government is still learning how to walk in their newly-found shoes. “Corruption, having wreaked havoc in the once jewel of Africa, must be addressed in the most transparent manner, with the net being cast as wide as it must to rid the nation of that cancer. The general public awaits with bated breath to see how this contentious issue will be solved.”-Newsday
Presidential spokesperson and the permanent secretary in the ministry of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services George Charamba has said that President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government was not going to extradite former Ethiopian dictator Mengistu Hailemariam. This comes after reports that the opposition has been calling for Hailemariam to be extradited to Ethiopia so that he can face justice. Charamba also told the opposition not to meddle in issues that it had no knowledge on.Hailemariam fled from Ethiopia in 1991 after a brutal reign that left thousands of people dead and was granted asylum in Zimbabwe as an official guest of former president Robert Mugabe. Mengistu who was given the nickname “the Butcher of Addis Ababa” was convicted of genocide in absentia in December 2006 and sentenced to life in prison. However, after an appeal, he was sentenced to death in absentia by the Ethiopian High Court which overturned his life sentence. Charamba said that Mengistu’s extradition was not on the new government’s priorities. Speaking to the Daily News, Charamba said:
I thought that was not a domestic issue, Where are they (the opposition) coming in? The Ethiopian government has not said anything, who then are they to poke their noses when his own government has not said anything? We cannot be seen spending time and effort on that issue when there are pressing national issues to attend to. After all, we have so many other people in this country. Don’t we have the Rwandese, the Congolese and Mozambicans, why then him.More: The Nation